The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Physical Therapy is a health profession whose purpose is to apply evidence based interventions to preserve, enhance, and restore optimal physical function. Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants implement treatment strategies under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist. Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, home health agencies, the school system, and in academic institutions.
Physical Therapist Assistant Career
According to the 2016 US Department of Labor report, Physical Therapist Assistant ranked #3 out of 15 occupations predicted to be the fasting growing professions between 2014 and 2024. Nationally, PTA’s earn between $34,640 and $79,040, with an average annual income of $56,850.
Required Training and Credentialing
The PTA program at FGC is a competitive, selective admission program following a 1+1 model. After completing the prerequisites in Phase I, selected students from the application process are admitted to Phase II. Phase II consists of 3 full time semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Clinical experiences are completed during the final 14 weeks of the program. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure and to register for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).
Information for Prospective and Enrolled Students
Other Website Resources
The profession: American Physical Therapy Association: http://www.apta.org
Licensing: Florida Board of Physical Therapy: http://floridasphysicaltherapy.gov/
NPTE: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy: http://www.fsbpt.org